Teen dating violence isn't just targeting students physically, emotionally, or verbally.
Some teachers are reporting they aren't trained to deal with teen dating violence issues.... which is seeing an increase with digital abuse.
Indiana teenagers are dealing with teen dating violence at a higher rate than teens in other states.
Warrick county school officials say they train their staff to look out for signs of a distressed teen.
"be aware if there are changes in their behavior, their moods, if all of a sudden they are not turning in homework or doing well on assignments."
A ball state university study shows schools do have a system for dealing with teen dating violence... "that could be a social worker, it could be a counselor, it could be a teacher or administrator a school resource officer, a program aide."
But still, 68 percent of respondents say principals weren't formally trained and educated on teen dating violence issues.
"i know there is a bill in the legislature now that is going to require additional training for teachers so again, probably not a bad idea.
I know there is no additional funding for that training."
The indiana general assembly passed a law in 2010 requiring the indiana department of education to create dating violence educational materials, and report incidents to authorities.
Teen dating violence isn't just physical, emotional, or verbal abuse.
"we are seeing more and more that teen dating violence is becoming digital.
Where there is that control of the cellphone and they have to be constantly checking it."
Isolation is a big sign something isn't right.
"if you notice them being more anxious or nervous... noticing that their partner is texting them or calling them a lot and then that person feeling nervous or anxious if they aren't able to respond to that right away."
Experts say the first line of defense and communicatio n starts at home.
Resources for help and information on teen dating violence is posted on our website wevv dot com amanda porter, 44news.
And according to the urban institute project?
25 percent of dating teens report theye been digitally victimized by their partners.
Of those, more than half of the victims said they were also physically abused.
But just 9 percent of teens who were abused through technology ever try to get help?
They also found?
Much higher incidences of digital abuse from a dating partner were reported among lgbtq youth compared to heterosexual teens.